My time in the Amazon just became even more enriching! I’ve made good friends with a few of the tourists here. I just so happened to be talking to one of them about my love of art galleries and museums. With the location we’re in, you can imagine that it’s a little challenging to find one nearby.
Museu de Arte De Sao Paulo
Also known as MASP, this Brazilian museum is the first one we ventured into upon arriving in Sao Paulo. From what I learned, MASP is one of the most influential and vital art museums in South America.
This museum, which means Culture Shock, was the first gallery we discovered. Before we found the gallery, we kept seeing these elaborately vibrant murals that seemed to be painted on select buildings. We later found out that the street art was a small representation of the young art culture brewing just under the surface. I really enjoyed observing the work of Daniel Melim who had a comic-book style pieces that also carried a lot of free-thinking concepts. As I sat down to take in the entire exhibition that I was admiring, I found that fresh inspiration had even spilled into the cushions that secured my seat. The fresh creativity that these young artists are bringing to Brazil is very promising!
After getting a taste of how the museums were in Sao Paulo, we decided to visit another gallery more on the edgy and contemporary side. This museum has been around for over 25 years and is an equally significant contribution to the visual arts as well. This gallery is well known for nurturing and merging the careers of numerous artists who have now made a name for themselves in the contemporary art industry. Casa Triangulo was also the forerunner in capitalizing on art fairs on a more global scale. One of the artists that I absolutely loved was Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Their use of geometric shapes, pulsating colors and transcendental atmospheres really seemed to transport me to another space in time that may have been happening all at once!
Galeria Fortes Vilaca
Last but not least, we visited another art gallery in Sao Paulo to end our visual expedition. Similar to Casa Triangulo, this museum features contemporary art that also supports the talent of Brazilian artists but on a higher international scale. Another one of their missions is to feature more artists from around the world. The number of exhibitions and artists they had was almost overwhelming to say the least!
Exploring the cities of Brazil was so invigorating! After we finished marveling at museums and galleries, we grabbed some delicious Brazilian food for dinner while joining the dance and laughter sprinkled across the street. This region of the country is shaping up to be one of my favorites!